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Old 23-02-2010, 00:14   #1
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Care of Lead Acid Deep Cycle 6VDC Battery

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I need to store my boat for few years in Malaysia and would like to know if someone have tips for battery care for long storage in hot conditions.

I think of using solar energy with voltage regulator to keep them charged without overcharging. I would not have battery charger or wind generator and there will be no load on the battery. The boat will be stored on hard, so nothing pluged.

Somebody have comments please?

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Old 23-02-2010, 06:16   #2
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Keep 'em toppd up with distilled water, or use the caps that will preserve water.
If the plates go dry, the batteries are toast.

You should hire somebody to check on the boat occasionally including the batteries and other stuff, such as rat infestion, water leaks and damage, etc.

I have seen boats in Florida go to hell when stored without supervision, whether on the hard or in the drink.
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they need some kind of power to keep them up .. about 13.5 volts .. solar is good. they will need water added to them every couple of months. you may just want to discard them and buy new when you return.
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Big boating is an expensive proprosition as a general rule. I have a keen eye for the obvious I am told.

I would miminize my loss on this one if the batteries are in good shape, I just bet you could peddle them to another boater or whatever and put in new ones in a "few years". My guess is you are going to have to put in new ones when you reccomission anyway.
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Battery maintenance

Check out the Ample Power Primer

Technical Documents, Manuals, App Notes

They have allot of good information on their website.

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Keep 'em toppd up with distilled water, or use the caps that will preserve water.
If the plates go dry, the batteries are toast.

You should hire somebody to check on the boat occasionally including the batteries and other stuff, such as rat infestion, water leaks and damage, etc.

I have seen boats in Florida go to hell when stored without supervision, whether on the hard or in the drink.
Thanks for this, do you know which damage boat suffer to end up to hell?
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Thanks and do you know which damage boat suffer to end up to hell?
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Thanks gonesail,

It is my feeling that 13.5V with solar should be good and never get dried of course. They would need little charge anyway. I got new Trojan 1 year old that i might hardly fond here in Thaïland. They are good compare to the crap one i had before. May be better to sell them.
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